Glen Burnie man held in Va. in chase

August 26, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

An enraged man allegedly fired bullets into a car and a Severn mobile home yesterday, then led police on a high-speed chase pTC into Virginia before ramming his minivan into two state police cars, authorities said.

Arrested and charged with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, reckless driving and speeding to elude police was Kevin A. Lupton, 30, of the 500 block of Short Curve Road in Glen Burnie, police said.

Mr. Lupton's wife, Carol, and their children, Anthony, 4, and Stephen, 11 months, also were in the minivan, police said.

Mrs. Lupton was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. The children were not injured, police said.

The incident began about 3 a.m., when county police went to the Crestwood Mobile Estates in the 7700 block of Telegraph Road to investigate a shooting. When they arrived, they found a bullet-riddled 1988 Chevrolet Camaro and a mobile home damaged by gunfire, police said.

County police said the shooting stemmed from some type of domestic dispute. Minutes later, witnesses saw a minivan leaving the trailer park and called police with a description and the driver's address, county police said.

A county police officer on patrol later saw a vehicle fitting the description leave the Greentree Apartments on Crain Highway and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The driver sped off, prompting the chase, police said.

Two county police cars chased the minivan north on Interstate 97. The minivan then took a circuitous route that ended on Interstate 495, said Officer Randy Bell, a county police spokesman.

County police kept after the minivan until it crossed the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and drove into Virginia. They then gave up the chase, but Virginia State Police took over the chase -- which reached speeds up to 80 mph, Officer Bell said.

Fourteen miles later, the minivan rammed two state police cars at a U.S. 50 exit on I-495 in Virginia. The minivan's driver tried to ram two other state police cars, but lost control and hit a barrier, Virginia state police said.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Alvin D. Blankenship said Mr. Lupton was being held on $23,000 bail in the Fairfax County jail.

Trooper Kevin Horner, who was injured when the suspect rammed the state police cars, was treated and released from Fairfax General Hospital, as was Mr. Lupton, Sergeant Blankenship said.

In Maryland, Mr. Lupton will be charged with assault with intent to murder after his case is completed in Virginia, Anne Arundel police said.

Mrs. Lupton and her sons have returned to Maryland and are staying with her parents, a Virginia State Police spokesman said yesterday.

Police know little about what led to the shooting, Officer Bell said.

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